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Mid-Century, Retro Lake Home, Sleeps 8, Huge Lawn, Private Dock, Sunset Views

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1950's look, modern conveniences, dish, w/d, electric range, refridg., microwave


Last updated: 04/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Relax, enjoy sunsets, all sports lake, farm to table eateries, farms, vineyard

Cute As The Dickins perfectly describes our lakefront home; the original Dickinson lake home. This lovingly restored, clean and fresh family cottage home, features an expansive green lawn to the lake, plenty of land and water toys, and a retro 1950's cottage theme with all of the modern conveniences we have come to desire.

Knotty pine walls exude warmth and comfort. Enjoy a lakeside large bedroom with king bed and bunk bed, reclining leather rocking chair and TV, full bath just off bedroom hallway/fun retro mint green tile and fixtures plus one smaller bedroom suite with queen bed and full bath. And a third option is the queen sleeper sofa in the living room alcove. 32" flat screen, Comcast Cable with WIFI.

Fun decor throughout. The retro 50's kitchen is complete with original turquoise metal kitchen cabinets, 50's chrome dinette set, Kit Kat Klock and original boomerang Formica counter top with chrome edge trim. Find a fondue set, Revere-Ware pan set, Corelle dishes, and pink handled flatware...all of the fifties fun with modern convenience. The large kitchen features a washer & dryer as well as an eat in breakfast area, full size refrigerator/freezer, electric range, dishwasher, microwave, 2 high chairs.

The large L shaped living room features a game/dining table that seats 4 / leaf avail. if needed. 2 Large picture windows, plus a full glass pane door, allow for a panoramic view of the lake and all that is going on, from fishing, sailing, paddle boarding, skiing, paddle boating, kayaking, canoeing, to the swans who swim by and occasionally come ashore. The warm clear waters and sandy bottom of the lake make it such an enjoyable experience.

Outside you'll find two porches, one covered, one open, furnished to enjoy coffee sunrise or dessert and wine sunsets; outdoor living at it's finest. Last year we added a nice new concrete patio to the lakeside yard, making grilling and picnics a pure joy! Also new last year is a sidewalk from the driveway to the cottage. Each year we make a few more improvements.

For those who like to fish, cast your line from our private dock, drop your worm between the rocks along the shoreline and expect to catch bluegill, perch, crappie or maybe even a pike, although trolling is really best for pike. Maybe it's just a sit in the sun you love...we offer that too. You are welcome to bring your own boat with the public boat launch just down the street a ways. Nice private drive for walks, stroller rides, or biking. Bring your bikes along. Enjoy the basketball hoop and court and wooden swing set/playhouse for children, paddle boat and 2 kayaks. Fire pit and gas grill, picnic table and lawn chairs.

2 large tv's with Comcast cable as well as wireless internet services are provided. Sheets and towels, blankets, pillows and bedspreads are furnished, as well as a completely set up kitchen. No smoking, no pets allowed. Year round rental.

The location can't be beat. We are 1 mile from downtown Fennville with several restaurants, a large grocery store, drug store, hardware and lots of entertainment throughout the year. We are only a 5 mile drive to Lake Michigan if it's the Big Lake you'd like to explore...but of course much chillier waters come with this as well. You will enjoy how quickly Hutchins Lake warms up in the summer. We are approx. 10 min from Saugatuck Douglas, 15 minutes from South Haven.

So much to do in this beautiful coastal area from fruit picking, wine and hard cider tasting, trails for hiking and biking, galleries galore and quaint lake towns just a quick drive from Chicago, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Detroit. We have many visitors from Ohio, Indiana, as well as St. Louis too.

New this year is our 2nd option, The Little Dickins. This was formerly the guest house. Any of you who have stayed with us previously have wondered what will become of this cute little place, that had been my grandparents guest house but had been neglected for too many years. We spent last year completely re-doing it and it's available for over-flow guests who rent the larger cottage. Call us if you are interested in learning more.

Fennville is definitely a 4 season community, so check out the happenings in all'll surely enjoy the colors of fall and our Annual Goose Festival/Get your Goose in Fennville Michigan! Stay with us for Homecoming at Hope College, WMU, Grand Valley, Calvin, Lake Michigan College...we're only minutes away from all.

Our Christmas celebration is small town America at it's finest. And with the snow comes cross country skiing, ice skating on the lake, ice boating, ice name it...Fennville offers it if it's family fun you are looking for.

We're a beautiful 10 min. drive to quaint downtown Douglas and Saugatuck. Visit Glenn as well, with the Blue Star Hwy antique and artist tour route. Circle the lake to find Fenn Valley winery, Virtue Cider farm, Crane Orchards U-pick, corn maize, hayrides, cow rides:) and of course Cranes Pie Pantry Bakery for delicious meals...all made on the farm...from the farm to the table.

Speaking of farm to table...check out Salt of the Earth...another award winning restaurant, right downtown in Fennville, with a wonderful evening sure you try the brussel spouts and hanger steak!

Many enjoy the Blue Goose diner for breakfast...and a favorite for decades has been the What Not Inn at the corner of Blue Star and M-89, music Sunday and Monday evenings while you dine on a casual menu and the best coconut cake on the planet! Great pizza from the Glenn Store, Hop'N and lots of great spots in Saugatuck/Douglas as well.

Those are just a 'few' of the fun spots you will discover in this area...unique for it's art and country flair. But all you really need for a fun and relaxing vacation can be found right at the cottage. Two kayaks, 1 row boat, 1 paddle boat for your use. A gas grill, outdoor seating areas, a great and always used fire pit and a playhouse, swing, slide for the your own private dock!

We hope to be your hosts for your next vacation!

Bob and Kym

As you can see...we're high on this area!
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Calendar last updated: 04/24/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1550 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome:

    Wonderful family cottage. This cottage sleeps 8 and the 8 includes children. We want you to enjoy your stay, and the cottage is not meant for large crowds/ we do not rent to large parties. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    We love dogs. But we just don't allow them here for many reasons. Out of respect to our housekeepers, grounds keepers, neighbors and others who find pet hair and odors offensive we just don't do it. There are several fine boarding facilities in the area if you want to travel with your dog and take it to the doggie parks in the area during the day, or on hikes with you...but for everyone's ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    There are 3 steps to get into cottage/no ramp. Doors are not handicap accessible. ...moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 1 baby crib, 1 bunk bed

    pack n play provided ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    small full bath adjacent to this bedroom...moreless

  • L Shaped Living room with alcove: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Queen size sleeper sofa in alcove area of living room...moreless

  • Queen bedroom has a mid-century headboard. New sheets and quilt and pillows. Built in dresser, closet, and a darling 50's white leather chair. Two windows make for a bright and cheery space to relax and rejuvenate. It has it's own bathroom with shower. Kind Bedroom features a brand new leather headboard, new sheets, quilt, mattress, pad, as well as a new set of bunk beds with the same features. Relax in the soft leather rocker recliner as you gaze out over the lake via a large picture window. 25' tv in this bedroom. The sofa sleeper is brand new, and comfortable! We provide new matress pad, sheets, blankets and pillows and quilt. Enjoy your view from this bed of the lake...beautiful beautiful view! 32' TV in this room....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Retro soft green tile, tub, sink and toilet...adorable...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Adjacent to Queen bedroom, turquoise/white. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • The home is ready to go when you enter. Sheets/beds made, and towels provided fresh to you, and of course blankets, bedspreads and pillows. Sheet also for pack n play. We require a $150 property maintenance fee and $500 refundable security deposit. Located in Fennville, the cottage has a fantastic location that most don't want to leave...but if you do want to explore it is just a few minutes to Saugatuck, Douglas, South Haven, Holland, Grand Haven...but far enough that you don't fight traffic and crowds. It's a true get-away!...moreless


  • Books:

    Just a few...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Game Room:

    game table provided, poker set, karam board, many games for all ages. ...moreless

  • Stereo:

    CD player and radio...moreless

  • Television:

    Tv's in living room and king bedroom. ...moreless

  • Toys:

    Mega blocks and Fisher Price play houses and barn, basket ball and backboard, play house and swings, child rocker, doll bed...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lakefront:

    Beautiful lakefront property, with gorgeous sunset views. Nothing but green grass and a shade tree between you and the lake! Nice sandy beach, shallow by dock, great for children to play, fish, swim....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    75 ft of great sandy waterfront property. Shallow enough for toddlers with a gradual walk to deeper water for older swimmers. No road between you and the lake...just green lawn to waters edge. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Two areas for dining, in kitchen, retro dining table with leaf and 6 chairs; end of living room game/dining table with leaf and 4 chairs. Two high chairs available. Retro iron patio set outside....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Heating:

    forced air furnace...moreless

  • Internet:

    Comcast, log in password in the cottage notes provided....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    new sheets, blankets, bedspreads and pillows...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Large living room, L shaped, with queen sofa sleeper at one end and game/dining table at the other end. Two large picture windows for beautiful lake view. 32' color TV, WIFI. New and retro furniture....moreless

  • Parking:

    4 parking spots provided...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    towels for each bathroom, bring your own beach towels please. ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    in kitchen...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Drip and perk, + auto bean grinder...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Corelle dishes, plenty of glasses, serving dishes, mixing bowls, casseroles, and all of the utensils I could think of. Crockpot for lazy day cooking while you are out having fun! Belgian waffle iron....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Retro 1950's turquoise metal cabinets and boomerang patterned countertops. large full kitchen, wood floor, and retro dinette add to the charm. Retro table in kitchen seats 6. 2 highchairs. W/Dryer...moreless

  • Microwave:

    new small compact...moreless

  • Oven:

    electric full size stove and oven....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Paper towels, wax paper, plastic picnic plates and glasses. Starter of coffee & tea/bring desired drinks. Bean grinder. Retro hot dog/hamburger baskets. T.P. Garbage & recycle bags. Grilling supplies....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Full size, freezer on top. ...moreless

  • Stove:

    30' Solid surface electric stove...moreless

  • Toaster:

    wide 2 slot....moreless


  • Bicycles:

    bring your own, nice places to ride around the lake, and several trails nearby: Kal-Haven, Allegan State Forest and great bike trails in Holland....moreless

  • Boat:

    Paddle Boat, and row boat new this year (2017)...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    2 covered open porches with darling furniture plus a new exposed aggregate patio lakeside....moreless

  • Golf:

    Many nice courses within 20 miles or less. The Ravines & Clearbrook in Saugatuck, Hawks Head and Beaches in South Haven are all very nice courses that won't disappoint....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    2 kayaks for your use...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Large expanse of lawn to the lake. Many lawn chairs and lounges, vintage croquet set, badminton, swing set and playhouse. Fire pit will be new in 2017....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    gas grill and tools...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    1 infant and 2 child sized life jackets, several more available too...moreless



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Spring 2017
Apr 29 - May 31, 2017
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Additional information about rental rates


  • Maintenance/Housekeeping $150 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 6%


Rates subject to change until reservation confirmed. Rates vary according to demand / season. $100+ forfeit of security deposit if you delay your check out. We need this time to clean for the next guest, please be courteous.

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Last updated: 04/24/2017
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40 Miles
Nearest Airport
Gerald R. Ford Airport Grand Rapids, MI
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Salt of The Earth, Saugatuck Brewing Co., Phil's
60 Miles
Nearest Ferry
11 Miles
Nearest Golf
Hawks Head Links Course, South Haven, Ravines
20 Miles
Nearest Train
AmTrak Holland
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Crane's Pie Pantry Bakery & Rest., Salt of Earth,
30 Miles
Nearest Ski
Bittersweet Resort
7 Miles
Nearest Beach
Your front yard 50 ft. or Lake Michigan

Car: Necessary

Cute As The Dickins is located on 375 acre, beautiful Hutchins Lake, in quaint Fennville Michigan. Just a quick bike ride around the lake to FennValley Winery, Crane Orchards Pie Pantry and Winery and U-Pick, Gary Crane U-Pick, and Virtue Cider, though you may want to take the car to haul your purchases;)

Farm to table restaurants, unique restaurants within 1-2 miles of the cottage. Award Winning Virtue Farm Hard Cider production and tasting room and Palazolo's Italian Gelato production are also located in Fennville / unique and outstanding. The area is rich in beautiful farms and orchards...time it right for fresh fruit in season; strawberries, blueberries, apples, peaches, pears, and more! Organic blueberries at Pleasant Hill Farm are a favorite destination for many, 1 mile from our cottage.

Hiking/biking trails in the Allegan State Forest, and Kal-Haven trail are not far away. Lake Michigan beaches 6 miles, shopping in Holland, Saugatuck, South Haven just a short drive away. All of the conveniences needed in downtown Fennville 2 miles. Enjoy antiquing, art galleries, best beaches in the country, Hope College theatre productions, hunting, fresh water fishing (fish right from our dock) or just enjoy a lazy day at the lake from your cottage lawn. 2 kayaks provided. If canoeing is preferred, canoe the Kalamazoo river. Best vacation location in West Michigan...away from the crowd, but close enough to all the action if it's action you desire. Think about staying for a college reunion, sports event, or to visit your family that is at college throughout the year. We're close to Grand Valley, Hope College, Lake Michigan College, Western Michigan University...all within 45 minutes of the cottage... a nice break away for your college student, or close to but out of the rat race of most campus towns. Year round, this is a relaxing peace of heaven.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2013

About the owner: I was born in Fennville, and we came back to live here after our marriage and a short 2 years in Troy Michigan where we started our careers after college. The family hardware lured us back, and we settled and raised our family here in Fennville. I grew up just down the street from Cute As The Dickins/my grandparents home. It has been a true labor of love to restore the home and keep it in our family, as it has always been, since the 1930's

Why the Owner Chose Fennville, MI, USA:
The location of our home cannot be beat. It's the best spot on Hutchins Lake in our opinion...having owned property on the lake and grown up here. Enjoy 75 ft of pristine, natural lake frontage, and beautiful sunsets from the shaded yard of this property. The home is much larger than it appears from the outside. This location is central to all West Michigan has to offer, a quick ride to Holland, Saugatuck, Glenn and South Haven, and a quiet retreat away from it all. You like Lake Michigan too? No problem...great beaches within 5-6 miles from the cottage... Hutchins Lake is a VERY clean lake, and it warms up so will love this beautiful find. Nice big yard for all kinds of activities and a play house, slide and swings for kids plus basketball court.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Location Location Location! Enjoy the quiet of this private lakefront neighborhood and the closeness to all of the vacation activities you can think of in West Michigan. We're right on the lake...not across the road, or down a hill...just a nice easy walk across the beautiful yard to the lakes edge making it easy and safe for families. The lake is shallow along our 75 ft of frontage, safe for children to wade and swim...with it becoming gradually deeper. We've added a play set for children, 2 kayaks, paddle boat, toys, and have provided all of the amenities to make your vacation relaxing and care-free. We think Fennville is West Michigan's best kept secret...with it's quaint downtown, and well known restaurants and winery. New this year is Virtue Hard Cider production farm near the Fenn Valley winery. The Beervangelist also calls Fennville home...learn all about these interesting people and places during your stay. Cranes Pie Pantry Cider Mill and U-Pick is just around the corner. Or how about a 400 acre organic blueberry farm for your picking pleasure (Pleasant Hill Farms)...or buy their frozen/shippable berries already picked and boxed. Our fantastic mix of restaurants attract visitors from many miles away / so be sure to try them all! Many antique stores and art galleries plus very unique lakeshore towns are located within minutes from our home. Some of the finest Lake Michigan beaches are a quick car ride from Hutchins Lake. We think you'll like Hutchins Lake enough you will want to spend most of your time enjoying this recreational hot spot. The local music and art scene can't be beat...from Free Tuesday in the Park concerts to fun and lively bands in the local restaurants...right here in Fennville (10 min. from Saugatuck and Douglas... Come and enjoy the flavor our this unique and hidden jewel.

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Calendar last updated: 04/24/2017

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  • 1950's look, modern conveniences, dish, w/d, electric range, refridg., microwave

    1950's look, modern conveniences, dish, w/d, electric range, refridg., microwave

  • Lala's retro kitch. Kit-cat clock,  retro canister, and more fun look-back finds

    Lala's retro kitch. Kit-cat clock, retro canister, and more fun look-back finds

  • Your lakeside yard view

    Your lakeside yard view

  • King bed, bedroom...includes pack n play, rocking lounge chair, bunk bed, tv

    King bed, bedroom...includes pack n play, rocking lounge chair, bunk bed, tv

  • Full Bath off king bedroom original retro green tile, tub, commode, sink. Shower

    Full Bath off king bedroom original retro green tile, tub, commode, sink. Shower

  • Living room, queen bedroom/bath in blue.

    Living room, queen bedroom/bath in blue.

  • Living room, TV

    Living room, TV

  • Clear water, shallow sandy beachfront

    Clear water, shallow sandy beachfront

  • Plenty of fridge and storage space

    Plenty of fridge and storage space

  • Shaded porch

    Shaded porch

  • Two kayaks & paddle boat. Fantastic sunset views.

    Two kayaks & paddle boat. Fantastic sunset views.

  • Full bath off of queen bedroom/shower

    Full bath off of queen bedroom/shower

  • King and bunk beds, large bedroom with view of Hutchins Lake

    King and bunk beds, large bedroom with view of Hutchins Lake

  • New Sofa sleeper/queen, view of lake.

    New Sofa sleeper/queen, view of lake.

  • Lake View, 75 ft. private frontage.

    Lake View, 75 ft. private frontage.

  • More fun for the kiddos! Slide, playhouse, swing, climb to tunnel. Lots of toys!

    More fun for the kiddos! Slide, playhouse, swing, climb to tunnel. Lots of toys!

  • Lakeside of Cute As The Dickins Cottage

    Lakeside of Cute As The Dickins Cottage

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Thursday, April 27, 2017

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